It begins: Mass production of electric vehicles with graphene batteries

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Graphene: it took years, but finally the next big thing can change humankind

INTRO: In the early 2000s, two physicists at The University of Manchester came across a sensational discovery. In one of their Friday Night Experiments, they isolated an entirely new substance, almost as a joke.

It was a material with unique properties –the thinnest and simultaneously the strongest known to science. It was almost entirely transparent and at the same time so dense as to even prevent the passage of helium, the smallest gaseous atom. It was probably the most extraordinary substance ever discovered –a thin, atom-thick sheet of carbon possessing remarkable properties–graphene.

To Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, that discovery, made while playing with adhesive tape, earned them the Nobel Prize. Yet, since 2004, the expectations of seeing its application in the real world have remained nothing but expectations.

For nearly twenty years, graphene has not moved from the status of “it will revolutionize the world –in the future.” The laboratory methods to obtain graphene were inapplicable for scale production. And the cost of producing it flawlessly in significant volumes made its price unaffordable for any industry.

But the research just needed more time. And how much became clear at the beginning of the year when the GAC Group announced mass production of electric vehicles with graphene batteries starting in September.

The Aion 5 will be the first vehicle equipped with this technology. The first to be able to recharge from 0–80% in 8 minutes. And the first to have an autonomy of 1000 km (621 miles) –almost two times the range of a Tesla Model 3.

Long story short, that moment awaited for 17 years has finally arrived. Graphene has officially begun its revolution, and electric mobility will be the first sector to be overwhelmed... (MORE)
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(Sep 9, 2021 09:01 AM)C C Wrote: The first to be able to recharge from 0–80% in 8 minutes. And the first to have an autonomy of 1000 km (621 miles) –almost two times the range of a Tesla Model 3.

Aside from only believing it when I see it, it still glosses over the necessary infrastructure to support. Even at an eight minute top-off, that's still longer than the average fill-up, requiring either more charging stations than current gas pumps or longer wait time, adding to that eight minutes. And that's completely ignoring the excess demand on existing power grids and generation capacity. CA already has problems supplying existing demand.

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